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#1679 Oscar Wilde

A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament. Its beauty comes from the fact that the author is what he is. It has nothing to do with the fact that other people want what they want. .

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#1681 Oscar Wilde

The public has always, and in every age, been badly brought up. They are continually asking Art to be popular, to please their want of taste, to flatter their absurd vanity, to tell them what they have been told before, to show them what they ought to be tired of seeing, to amuse them when they feel heavy after eating too much, and to distract their thoughts when they are wearied of their own stupidity. Now Art should never try to be popular. The public should try to make itself artistic. There is a very wide difference. .

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#1683 Oscar Wilde

They are always asking a writer why he does not write like somebody else, or a painter why he does not paint like somebody else, quite oblivious of the fact that if either of them did anything of the kind he would cease to be an artist. .

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#1685 Oscar Wilde

If a man approaches a work of art with any desire to exercise authority over it and the artist, he approaches it in such a spirit that he cannot receive any artistic impression from it at all. The work of art is to dominate the spectator: the spectator is not to dominate the work of art. The spectator is to be receptive. He is to be the violin on which the master is to play. And the more completely he can suppress his own silly views, his own foolish prejudices, his own absurd ideas of what Art should be, or should not be, the more likely he is to understand and appreciate the work of art in question. .

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#1702 Oscar Wilde

How else but through a broken heart May Lord Christ enter in? .

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#1709 Oscar Wilde

We are the zanies of sorrow. We are clowns whose hearts are broken. .

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#1729 Oscar Wilde

Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace. .

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#1792 Jean Paul Sartre

The For-itself, in fact, is nothing but the pure nihilation of the In-itself; it is like a hole of being at the heart of Being. .

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#1814 Jean Paul Sartre

But, if it will help ease your irritated souls, please know, dearly departed, that you have ruined our lives. .

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#1826 Jean Paul Sartre

Remember, Orestes: you were part of my herd, you grazed in the fields along with my sheep. Your liberty is nothing but a mange eating away at you, it is nothing but an exile. .

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#1827 Jean Paul Sartre

We were too light, Electra. Now our feet press down in the earth like the wheels of a cart in its groove. Come with me, and we will walk heavily, bending under the weight of our heavy load. .

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#1834 Jean Paul Sartre

Man cannot will unless he has first understood that he must count on no one but himself; that he is alone, abandoned on earth in the midst of his infinite responsibilities, without help, with no other aim than the one he sets himself, with no other destiny than the one he forges for himself on this earth. .

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#1843 Jean Paul Sartre

Your crystal? That’s silly. Whom do you think you are fooling? Come on, everyone knows that I threw the baby out of the window. The crystal is shattered on earth, and I do not care. I am no longer anything but a skin, and my skin does not belong to you. .

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#1845 Jean Paul Sartre

As for me, I am mean: that means that I need the suffering of others to exist. A flame. A flame in their hearts. When I am all alone, I am extinguished. .

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#1857 Jean Paul Sartre

As for us, my little friend, we entered [the Communist Party] because we were tired of dying of hunger. .

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#1868 Jean Paul Sartre

What do you want to do with the [Communist] Party? A racing stable? What good is it to sharpen a knife every day if you never use it for slicing? A party is never more than a means. There is only one objective: power. .

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#1871 Jean Paul Sartre

The [Communist] Party has one objective: the creation of a socialist economy; and one means: the utilization of the class struggle. .

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#1874 Jean Paul Sartre

I entered the [Communist] Party because its cause was just and I will leave it when it ceases to be just. .

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#1879 Jean Paul Sartre

If you are not already dead, forgive. Rancor is heavy, it is worldly; leave it on earth: die light. .

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#1886 Jean Paul Sartre

Lord, you have cursed Cain and Cain’s children: thy will be done. You have allowed men’s hearts to be corrupted, that their intentions be rotten, that their actions putrefy and stink: thy will be done. .

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#1894 Jean Paul Sartre

Yes, Lord, you are innocence itself: how could you conceive of Nothingness, you who are plenitude? Your gaze is light and transforms all into light: how could you know the half-light in my heart? .

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#1899 Jean Paul Sartre

I have nothing but contempt for you idiotic chosen ones who have the heart to rejoice when there are the damned in Hell and the poor on earth; as for me, I am on the side of men and I will not leave it. .

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#1903 Jean Paul Sartre

Do you think that I count the days? There is only one day left, always starting over: it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk. .

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#1940 Ambrose Bierce

Back, n. That part of your friend which it is your privilege to contemplate in your adversity. .

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#1950 Ambrose Bierce

Cartesian, adj. Relating to , a famous philosopher, author of the celebrated dictum, Cogito ergo sum -- whereby he was pleased to suppose he demonstrated the reality of human existence. The dictum might be improved, however, thus: Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum -- "I think that I think, therefore I think that I am;" as close an approach to certainty as any philosopher has yet made. .

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#1962 Ambrose Bierce

Diplomacy, n. The patriotic art of lying for one's country. .

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#1971 Ambrose Bierce

Genealogy, n. An account of one's descent from an ancestor who did not particularly care to trace his own. .

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#1980 Ambrose Bierce

In'ards, n. pl. The stomach, heart, soul, and other bowels. .

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#1984 Ambrose Bierce

Land, n. A part of the earth's surface, considered as property. The theory that land is property subject to private ownership and control is the foundation of modern society, and is eminently worthy of the superstructure. Carried to its logical conclusion, it means that some have the right to prevent others from living; for the right to own implies the right exclusively to occupy; and in fact laws of trespass are enacted wherever property in land is recognized. It follows that if the whole area of terra firma is owned by A, B and C, there will be no place for D, E, F and G to be born, or, born as trespassers, to exist. .

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#1985 Ambrose Bierce

Laughter, n. An interior convulsion, producing a distortion of the features and accompanied by inarticulate noises. It is infectious and, though intermittent, incurable. .

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#1988 Ambrose Bierce

Logic, n. The art of thinking and reasoning in strict accordance with the limitations and incapacities of the human misunderstanding. .

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#2048 Ambrose Bierce

Slang is the speech of him who robs the literary garbage carts on their way to the dumps. .

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#2517 Winston Churchill

For my own part I have always felt that a politician is to be judged by the animosities which he excites among his opponents. I have always set myself not merely to relish but to deserve thoroughly their censure. .

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#2536 Winston Churchill

I cannot pretend to feel impartial about the colours. I rejoice with the brilliant ones, and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns. .

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#2542 Winston Churchill

I decline utterly to be impartial as between the fire brigade and the fire. .

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#2555 Winston Churchill

Although always prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it should be postponed. .

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#2568 Winston Churchill

We shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing, bythese parts separately under a suitable medium. .

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#2622 Winston Churchill

I am sure it would be sensible to restrict as much as possible the work of these gentlemen, who are capable of doing an immense amount of harm with what may very easily degenerate into charlatanry. The tightest hand should be kept over them, and they should not be allowed to quarter themselves in large numbers among Fighting Services at the public expense. .

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#2629 Winston Churchill

The essence of good House of Commons speaking is the conversational style, the facility for quick, informal interruptions and interchanges. Harangues from a rostrum would be a bad substitute for the conversational style in which so much of our business is done. But the conversational style requires a fairly small space, and there should be on great occasions a sense of crowd and urgency. There should be a sense of the importance of much that is said and a sense that great matters are being decided, there and then, by the House. ... It has a collective personality which enjoys the regard of the public, and which imposes itself upon the conduct not only of individual Members but of parties. .

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#2630 Winston Churchill

The House of Commons has lifted our affairs above the mechanical sphere into the human sphere. It thrives on criticism, it is perfectly impervious to newspaper abuse or taunts from any quarter, and it is capable of digesting almost anything or almost any body of gentlemen, whatever be the views with which they arrive. There is no situation to which it cannot address itself with vigour and ingenuity. It is the citadel of British liberty; it is the foundation of our laws; its traditions and its privileges are as lively today it broke the arbitrary power of the Crown and substituted that Constitutional Monarchy under which we have enjoyed so many blessings. .

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#2631 Winston Churchill

You might however consider whether you should not unfold as a background the great privilege ofand trial by jury, which are the supreme protection invented by the English people for ordinary individuals against the state. The power of the Executive to cast a man in prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government, whether Nazi or Communist. .

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#2661 Winston Churchill

For my part, I consider that it will be found much better by all Parties to leave the past to history, especially as I propose to write that history. .

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#2668 Winston Churchill

Baldwin, Stanley ... confesses putting party before country, 169-70; ... .

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#2675 Winston Churchill

It excites world wonder in the Parliamentary countries that we should build a Chamber, starting afresh, which can only seat two-thirds of its Members. It is difficult to explain this to those who do not know our ways. They cannot easily be made to understand why we consider that the intensity, passion, intimacy, informality and spontaneity of our Debates constitute the personality of the House of Commons and endow it at once with its focus and its strength. .

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#2683 Winston Churchill

The Chinese said of themselves several thousand years ago: “China is a sea that salts all the waters that flow into it.” There’s another Chinese saying about their country which is much more modern—it dates only from the fourth century. This is the saying: “The tail of China is large and will not be wagged.” I like that one. The British democracy approves the principles of movable party heads and unwaggable national tails. It is due to the working of these important forces that I have the honour to be addressing you at this moment. .

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#2687 Winston Churchill

Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse. .

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#2714 Winston Churchill

When we reflect upon the brutal vices of these salt-water bandits, pirates as shameful as any whom the sea has borne, or recoil from their villainous destruction and cruel deeds, we must also remember the discipline, the fortitude, the comradeship and martial virtues which made them at this period beyond all challenge the most formidable and daring race in the world. .

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#2740 Napoleon I of France

If theofwere nothing but the art of avoiding risks,would become the prey of mediocre minds.... I have made all the calculations;will do the rest. .

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#2786 Napoleon I of France

A King should sacrifice the best affections of his heart for the good of his country; no sacrifice should be above his determination. .

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#2788 Napoleon I of France

Many a one commits a reprehensible action, who is at bottom an honourable man, because man seldom acts upon natural impulse, but from some secret passion of the moment which lies hidden and concealed within the narrowest folds of his heart. .

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